I’ve been wanting to mention this for a while, just in case it would help anyone out!
If you are looking for a way to write or journal that does NOT involve writing by hand (which is not for everyone), check out Penzu.com.
I have had a free Penzu account for years now, though my use of it has been sporadic.
It’s an online, password protected journaling website.
I love this concept, because there is something very freeing about writing your thoughts down where you KNOW nobody is going to stumble across your notebook and accidentally read them. And, I can personally type way faster (and more comfortably) than I can write by hand.
When the boys were little (pre-blog, of course), I went through a phase when I would make weekly lists in there of things they were doing at that age.
I’ve also used it to make Pros vs Cons list on tough decisions- interesting to look back on.
And it’s a wonderful place to just VENT about something (again, privacy protected). I highly recommend it for this purpose alone. 🙂
Or to hash out something you’re worried about. One time when I was stressing about something (that was out of my control), I made a “Then What” journal entry. I started by writing down the thing I was worried about, and what the actual (probable) next outcome would be if that thing actually happened. And “then what” after that. And after that. And so on. It was very helpful to realize it might not actually be the end of the world if this thing happened. It was a rather silly thing, anyway, in hindsight- but it felt stressful at the time. This helped me sort through it, to break it down. I probably wouldn’t have written about it in a regular notebook that I carry around, because it was kind of a vulnerable/ “embarrassing” thing I wouldn’t want anyone to see.
There is also an accompanying free phone app I’ve used before, too. One year, also pre-blog, I jotted down notes about our vacation each day in a journal entry from my phone. The website also lets you upload photos with your journal entry if you want.
This is how a new entry looks. Just a nice, blank slate.
Just thought I’d share! Some years back I did a daily journaling streak for a while, and I used this. Could be great for people who don’t like the clutter of keeping notebooks, but want to save their journal entries. The privacy/ password aspect is my favorite thing about it, though!
Calendar Quote- GRATITUDE:
From this past weekend, but I love this. GRATITUDE –> INNER PEACE. It is worthy of a little practice, which is why I keep showing up here, and I keep on writing my little “daily gratitudes” every single day. 🙂
Ethan reading on their no-school day yesterday. It was actually snowing (not why they had off- it was a planned day for Easter Monday). I came up from working and found him here in front of the fireplace.
I am grateful for having someone to co-parent with! So grateful that whenever parenting issues or decisions come up, I have someone to team up with to (attempt) to figure them out. I have great respect for single parents or anyone going it alone.